We read TONS of books both out loud and on Tumblebooks. We complete all kinds of great literacy activities like story maps, Venn diagrams, character trait studies, text to self activity sheets, and more. We mix it up to keep the kiddos interested.
Then after several weeks of studying these books, we do a Mini-Project on The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. The kiddos work in groups of 3 and they choose to either present the story in a Puppet Show or Play. We spend some time completing a story map for the book and then they have 2 days to create their puppets or costumes. We let them go crazy in the art center and use WHATEVER materials they want. The room looks like something blew up in there for a day or two...but it's all in the name of learning!
We then present our "trial run"plays and puppet shows to each other. Once they get how this whole thing works, we move on to the REAL projects! Again they may work in groups to perform one of the author study books as either a PUPPET SHOW or a PLAY. They work with this group over the course of 1 week to complete the story map, design costumes/puppets, practice the performance, and tie up any loose ends.
Then we have the families in and CELEBRATE!
And the best part is, while we are having so stinkin' much fun working on all of these projects...we have covered a TON of language arts standards and had FUN doing it!!! You can't beat that people...you can't beat that!!!